After Sept. 11 the Bush administration declared that we must go on a mission to bring freedom to the Middle Eastern nations that threaten us; thus, the Forward Strategy of Freedom. According to this strategy, establishing democracies in key Muslim countries, starting with Afghanistan and Iraq, would spur a revolution in the rest of the Muslim world–a revolution that would bring free, pro-Western, anti-terrorist governments to power. But the strategy has failed. With the rise of the religious Shiites in Iraq, of Hamas and of Hezbollah, and with the electoral victories of Islamic radicals elsewhere in the Middle East, the Muslim world has grown more militant. Why has the Forward Strategy of Freedom failed, and why was failure inevitable? What are the flaws inherent in the strategy? How does it necessarily undermine victory? What motivates it and what strategy should replace it? These are the questions Dr. Brook will address in this talk.

Who: Yaron Brook, president of the Ayn Rand Institute

What: A talk and Q & A explaining why President Bush’s strategy to bring democracy to hostile Middle Eastern nations is harmful to America

Where: 1 Faneuil Hall Market Pl, Boston, MA 02109

When: Sunday, October 22, 2006, at 6:30 PM

The public and media are invited. Admission is FREE.

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